Saturday, 23 July 2016

The 80/20 rule

In the age of social media where we can search for anything in the few clicks of a button, it's easy to find exercise and lifestyle routines that range from the thought provoking to the all out baffling. 
After watching Clean Eating's Dirty Secret, a documentary aired online by the BBC, it had me in a state of bewilderment. Just how easy is it to become a 'nutritionist' with health courses online? Are these people actively encouraging outrageous diet regimes?
My outlook on eating is simple, the 80/20 rule. What is the 80/20 rule, I hear you ask? Well! From Monday - Friday I'll eat as healthy as possible, with a set meal plan and a goal of drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. 
On the weekend, I'll eat whatever my little heart (or stomach) desires, be it pizza, cake or a takeaway. By having a structured routine with my eating with my weekends free to eat what I fancy, it means my weekdays are so much easier to avoid temptation. 
Naturally, eating healthy all the time isn't a possibility, and there is room for slip ups, but one or two bad days of eating won't ruin my exercise routine or my overall plans! 
I try to avoid fad routines and stick to cook books such as Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks and The Body Bible by Clean Eating Alice whilst undertaking the BBG workout routine by Kayla Itsines. 
Now, I know the books may not be for everyone, but I have been (and kind of still am) a fussy eater - avocado on toast? No. Salmon? Absolutely not. I tried to make myself like these things and put myself off even more! 
 In order to avoid temptation to eat unhealthy food, I often don't stock 'junk' food in my house or at my desk at work. I used to have an awful routine of packing some crisps for work 'just in case', what the 'just in case' was going to be I don't know, but I always ended up eating them that day then repeating the process. 
Instead of crisps and chocolate bars, I have almonds with marmite and 70% dark chocolate so that I don't want as much of it. I've never enjoyed fizzy drinks, so cutting out bad drinks was never an issue for me, but I've made a massive effort to drink at least 2 litres of plain water at work a day as I find most my hunger pains are, in fact, dehydration!

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